With the aim to deliver an intensive understanding of the principles of renewable and green technology components, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) together with Labtech International Ltd. (Labtech) and the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE), Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysia conducted the Online In-Country Program on Training of Trainers on Renewable Energy System Using Virtual TVET. A total of 29 lecturers, professors, and directors from various Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes in Malaysia participated in the program from March 4 to 7, 2024, held via Zoom platform.

The four-day online training utilized animated 3D models in virtual learning courses and covered the following topics: Overview of a Digital TVET Framework and What is Virtual TVET; Understanding How to Adapt and Adopt Blended Learning using Virtual TVET; How to Use a TVET LMS to Deliver Competency-Based Training; TVET Learning Management System (LMS) Reporting and Analytics; Understanding the Technical Operation and Troubleshooting of New Modern Training System; and How to Incorporate Lesson Plan Using Virtual TVET.

The program was implemented under the supervision of Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe, CPSC Director General; Dr. Steven McKee, President and Founder of Labtech.; and Mr. Mohd Noor bin Shahudin, Senior Director (Academic) at the DPCCE Malaysia. In addition, Labtech General Manager Mr. Brad Ker served as the Program Coordinator while Ms. Nawwar Adibah Binti Wahid, DPCCE Senior Assistant Director under the Competency and Career Enhancement Division served as the Local Program Coordinator.

CPSC Director General Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe (left) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Malaysia in the Philippines, H.E. Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino (right) deliver their welcome address during the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Prof. Wickramasinghe in which he commended the contributions of TVET in the Malaysian economy that comes within the strengthening of skills education among all their country sectors. He also hoped that the online training would assist Malaysia and TVET practitioners to incorporate renewable energy to their competency standards, curriculum and program delivery as aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Greening TVET.

Furthermore, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Malaysia in the Philippines, His Excellency Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino delivered his welcome address as the Chief Guest of the program. In his speech, he congratulated CPSC, Labtech and MoHE-Malaysia for organizing the online training. The Ambassador also looked forward to possible collaborations that will support the young generation who need such training for their skills development.

Topics discussed in sessions

Throughout the sessions, the participants primarily learned about the digital TVET framework and TVET learning management system in relation to renewable energy systems. Workshops were also provided for the participants which were facilitated by Mr. Ian William Andrew, TVET Consultant and Trainer from Labtech, together with Mr. Ker.

Participants Dr. Mohd Fadzil Ali Bin Ahmad (upper left) and Dr. Azhar Bin Jaffar (upper right) share their feedback and words of appreciation; CPSC Faculty Consultant Dr. Kesavan Ulaganathen (lower left) and Labtech International Ltd. President Dr. Steven McKee (lower right) during their closing remarks

During the closing ceremony, selected participants shared their insights from the four-day online training and also extended their gratitude to CPSC, Labtech and MoHE-Malaysia. This was followed by Mr. Brad Ker, General Manager of Labtech who gave the Summary of the Program. Finally, CPSC Faculty Consultant Dr. Kesavan Ulaganathen, together with Dr. McKee, President of Labtech concluded the program through their closing remarks.

Group photo of the participants